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Leading in a Crisis: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Super excited to talk to Charles Knight about leading in times of uncertainty. We discuss Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, how the framework applies to everyday leadership situations, and practical ways to adapt your style during a crisis. You can listen to the podcast episode above and you can

Leading in a Crisis: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
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Human and Golf Course Architecture

> "Narrow fairways bordered by long grass make for bad golfers. They do so by destroying the harmony and continuity of the game, and in causing a stilted and cramped style, destroying all freedom of play." - Alister Mackenzie, The Spirit of St. Andrews Narrow fairways bordered by

Human and Golf Course Architecture
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Wooden Blocks

I was listening to a Manager Tools [https://www.manager-tools.com/] podcast over the weekend and they shared a great Civil War era poem by Stephen Vincent Benet [https://gist.github.com/robertgreiner/8eb5066d1996cd01adf5] that applies very broadly to project management and leadership. In fact, they list it as their

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Leadership Worst Practices

I've been re-watching The Office [http://www.nbc.com/the-office] with my wife over the past several months, starting from the beginning and working through all of the episodes. One thing that struck me this time around, much more so than last time, is how Michael's

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Eight Steps to Transform Your Organization

Change is hard, really hard. Most days, I can barely muster the willpower to floss my teeth - even after deliberately placing the floss right next to my toothbrush [http://tinyhabits.com/]. There are all sorts of things I should be doing everyday that I just don't, even

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Chess, Not Checkers

The first few years of my career were relatively straightforward. I came to work every day, grabbed my new user stories or defects and started working. Most of what I developed was in a vacuum and I rarely had to worry about my code changes affecting anyone else's

Chess, Not Checkers
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Five Qualities of People-Focused Leaders

> When you’re in a relationship, if you are aware of a problem, it’s your responsibility to make a concerted effort to make a positive change. - John Maxwell I was reading Be a People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships. [http://www.amazon.com/People-Person-Effective-Leadership-Relationships/dp/0781448433]

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Google Says: "Managers Are Important"

In 2002 - four years after inception - Google decided to perform an experiment. Restructure the company to be completely flat - No managers! Theoretically, this change would allow engineers to have complete freedom when developing applications, which in turn, would lead to greater innovation. While this idea may make

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Leader-Leader

Traditional leadership logic (leader-follower) says that organizations need a strong leader to take command and control over the organization in order for it to succeed. This model worked exceptionally well in the past, when workers were performing tasks that are more physical in nature like construction or building widgets on

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Help Your Team Succeed By Providing Context, Tools, and Opportunities

In order for your team to succeed, they must be provided with the proper context, tools, and opportunities. Neglecting any one of these three items will stack the odds against your team and keep them from reaching their full potential. Context First, context. Your team needs to be kept in